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On February 12, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, announced that the IMF had reached an agreement with the Ukrainian government on a new economic reform program. Lagarde’s statement, made in Brussels, came only minutes after peace negotiations between the heads of the German, French, Russian and Ukrainian governments in Minsk, Belarus, had ended. The timing was…
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old Mexican national, was shot to death by police in Pasco, Washington last Tuesday as he was backing away from officers with his hands up. A video of the shooting clearly corroborates claims by Zambrano-Montes’s family that he was killed “execution style. ”Police claimed that Zambrano-Montes, who had lived in the city for ten years and...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
There are many things that distinguish us Kolombians, things that separate us from the riff-raff, the yakkos, the baiyas or whatever you might want to call them.  One of the most important, but least acknowledged marks of distinction is our ability to resist all temptations to trust politicians.  Yakkos on the other hand are marked by an embarrassing penchant for...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
 A washed-up politician named Gammanpila has filed a complaint at the Ministry of Disaster Management, accusing someone or something of threatening his life. Gammanpila has provided the phone number used to encourage him to seek greener pastures outside the solar system to Minister Disaster. On checking, it has been confirmed that the phone belongs to the long-suffering wife of complainant...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
A senior scientist at MIT has declared that we are facing an epidemic of autism that may result in one half of all children being affected by autism in ten years. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, who made these remarks during a panel presentation in Groton, MA last week, specifically cites the Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, as the culprit for the escalating incidence…
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
In what may seem like an unlikely alliance, environmental groups are throwing their full support behind oil industry workers who on Sunday announced a widespread work stoppage over complaints that Big Oil companies “value production and profit over health and safety.”
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
With oil prices hitting a five-year low, building the Keystone XL pipeline extension could enable oil companies to expand development of Canada’s tar sands, increasing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to the State Department this week.
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
An official with Greece’s newly elected Syriza party may have sounded the death knell for a proposed EU-U.S. trade deal that has faced a mountain of opposition from civil society. The deal is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), now facing its eighth round of talks between negotiators this week in Brussels.
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
These days the word mostly used and abused is “Good Governance”. The word Good Governance became popular with the recently concluded presidential election campaign launched by then common candidate fielded by the opposition group. At the presidential election while then incumbent president was talking to the “emotions” of  people citing “past” good  work he has done under the buzz word...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
A change of president need not necessarily lead to change of the government. If the incumbent government is capable of fulfilling the election manifesto, then existing government also should be accommodated. The new president’s election manifesto is attractive, but need more concentration and care when taking forward. The plans include common benefits, specific benefits to low income...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
The demise of Saudi King Abdullah triggered some discussions about deeply conservative Saudi Arabia, the major supplier of oil to United States of America.  If not oil, scholars agree argue, Riyadh-Washington relations would not be as crucial as it has been for a while.  However, at popular level in the west, there are so many misconceptions about the Kingdom of…
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
A perennial question asked by professional and amateurs alike is where do good ideas come from? The intrinsic interest which lies within this question is that institutions strive for better performance, profits, discover new markets and ventures, for publicity or simply for the fulfilment of ones ego by staking claims in the bragging rights for the idea.
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
No country has so rapidly and so successfully penetrated in Africa in the last two decades or so as China has. Not only has China managed to take over economic ‘supervision’ of Africa, but has now started to deploy its military in the region too. China may be Africa’s biggest trade partner, but it has generally taken an arm’s length…
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
(AFP) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday hailed his country’s relations with India and Russia during meetings that heard calls for developing economies to have more say on the global stage, rivaling US influence.The twin visits by New Delhi’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Sergei Lavrov from Moscow come on the heels of a high-profile trip to India by US...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
In 2008 Washington created a special Pentagon command, AFRICOM, to counter the major Chinese economic initiatives in Africa to make loans and give soft credits in return for long-term trade agreements for oil and other African raw materials. Results have been poor in terms of stopping China’s search for raw materials for its growing economy. Now China has taken a...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
(Xinhua) Coal provides nearly two thirds of China’s energy, but for mining companies, this winter could not be chillier.The government has done its best to save the day, but it is not enough to force up the price of coal, even in the short term and the outlook for the coming year is no better.An already grim situation is made...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has wrapped up a three-day visit to China on Tuesday, amid expectations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in May is likely to spur economic ties, and improve the management of differences in the security domain.
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
1.Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva in a rare moment of Gestalt, has declared that all the infrastructure development programs of the previous regime were based on the unrealized dreams of current Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. Deputy Minister, de Silva went on to say that Wickremesinghe’s dreams were apparently captured by copying the ancient art of dream catching...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
I have long stopped counting the number of times people called for my abolition.  I have stopped counting the number of times politicians, presidential candidates and political parties vowed to abolition me.   I have long since stopped pitying the voters of the country who with fervent hope and utmost trust in this politician or that, this party or that,...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
I am upset. Again.  I was euphoric when Ranil appointed a right royal cabinet.  Well, not all ‘royal’ but he had more than what people call ‘critical mass’.  More than enough to make sure our interests are well served.  I was thrilled when I saw that Royalists were now in control of all the key economic posts.  Ranil as Minister...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

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